Stories of Vietnam

Vancouver-based authors Brandy Lien Worrall and Elizabeth McLean will appear at the Kensington Branch of the Vancouver Public Library on Nov. 29, 2017 to discuss their respective books What doesn’t Kill Us and The Swallows Uncaged. These titles center on the joys and tragedies that have occurred over the course of Vietnam’s history and both authors…

Showcasing Asian heritage in improv

Instant Theatre will be bringing a martial arts themed improv show to the stage next month at Havana Theatre. Described as a kung fu spectacular, Fistful of Kicks aims to represent Asian Canadian improvisers in the theatre industry. Curt Da Silva, director of Fistful of Kicks, says that Instant Theatre specializes in improvisation theatre productions as well as…

The fabric of Salish lives

Susan Rowley describes Salish blankets as containing the threads of culture and environment, an aspect that emerges from the art of weaving. But for Rowley, curator of a new exhibition of Salish blankets, the threads being woven are more than literal. “All sorts of reconnections are being made,” says Rowley, associate professor at the University…

Live music, multimedia performance of cosmological stories

Orchid Ensemble and the Centre for Culture and Technology of UBC Okanagan will be presenting Music of the Heavens, a collaborative fusion of live music and multimedia animated visuals at the Norman Rothstein Theatre in Vancouver on Nov. 23. Lan Tung, founder of Orchid Ensemble, says it took five years for a team of students…

A crawl across arts and countries

Juan Pablo Gonzalez Amaya combines Venezuela with Vancouver, visual arts and music at the Eastside Culture Crawl. A Venezuelan-born artist, Gonzalez now calls Vancouver home. The influence of both cultures can be found in a new exhibition held as part of the Vancouver Eastside Culture Crawl. “My mom still lives in [Venezuela], so I know exactly…

Inclusive Theatre: The Ridiculous Darkness

Alley theatre, in partnership with Neworld Theatre, presents the North American premiere of The Ridiculous Darkness showing from Nov. 11–19 at the ANNEX. The Ridiculous Darkness is a German radio play by Wolfram Lotz, written as a satirical work influenced by both the film Apocalypse Now and Heart of Darkness, a novella written by Polish-British novelist Joseph Conrad in 1899. The play,…

Raucous camaraderie: collectif9 puts their own spin on classical music

On Nov. 12, collectif9, a Montreal-based nine-piece string band, will take the stage at the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver to perform their latest acoustic concert entitled VolksMusica. The band has found a performative middle-ground between the intimate and the grand, aiming to share an engaging, entertaining approach to classical music. It has been…

Memoirs of a Romanian Canadian painter

After working as an artist for seven decades, Pnina Granirer has released a memoir, Light Within the Shadows, to chronicle her life as an artist. She will be holding an artist’s talk and book launch in conjunction with her exhibit for the Jewish Book Festival on Nov. 16. Establishing herself as an artist As an…

Tales told through Taiwanese comic books

Nick Stember, a translator and historian in the field of Chinese comic books has been working closely with the Ministry of Culture in Taiwan and the Grayhawk Agency on the Books from Taiwan project. He has been translating excerpts from notable Taiwanese comics and hopes to catch a publisher’s interest. Stember will be delivering his…

Artist showcases Latin American women in new exhibition

In an effort to pay homage to her Latin American heritage, Clarissa Argueta will be showcasing her acrylic paintings titled “Women in Colour” at Place Des Arts in Coquitlam, Oct. 13–Nov. 10. Argueta has been drawing or painting for as long as she can remember. After completing a MFA in graphic design from the University…

Nordic influence through design

Curators Rachel Gotlieb and Michael Prokopow look to reveal the connection between Scandinavian and Canadian design in their upcoming exhibit, True Nordic, running Oct. 28, 2017–Jan. 28, 2018 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. True Nordic considers Scandinavian social and design principles and how the aesthetics of the region influenced the development of industrial design and artisanal crafting in…

A haunting Japanese story of heartbreak

Master practitioners of the Japanese art form Noh combine their strengths with professional opera singers in Komachi Visited, an East meets West performance of a heart-rending Japanese story. The Source talked with librettist and director Colleen Lanki, scholar of Asian theatre and a Noh practitioner herself, about the challenges of creating a Noh piece for…

Speaking through calypso music

Kobo Town, Toronto-based band fronted by founder-songwriter Drew Gonsalves on ukulele and vocals, will perform its own blend of calypso, dancehall and reggae music Nov. 2, 2017 at the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam. Originally from Trinidad, Gonsalves writes songs based on places and events specific to the Caribbean and its history, but also incorporates…